While there may be security reasons to justify this change, reading that the existence of an airport mall is influencing this decision in any way is very disturbing. I’m also not particularly interested in standing in line behind dozens on non-fliers so they can shop at an airport mall and see of their flying family member or friend from a few hundred feet further into the airport.
Yahoo! News – Feds Might Ease Post-9/11 Airport Rule: “Pittsburgh is a strong candidate for the experiment for two reasons: It has a centralized security checkpoint in one terminal. And it has a full-scale shopping mall that has suffered a drop-off in business because it is reachable only by ticketed passengers. “